Roscommon follows Sligo and Donegal calls for IFA Executive Board to resign

Roscommon and Sligo county executives have voted for the remaining Executive Board of the IFA to resign.

Following a meeting on Friday night in Roscommon, with 70 people in attendance. “All the people who attended were angry,” County Chairman John Hanley said.

A motion of no confidence was lodged in the Executive Board at the meeting and that it should resign. At the meeting, a counter proposal of confidence in the Executive Board was put forward by the floor. But it did not reach the two-thirds majority, so the original motion stood.

Last Thursday, the Sligo County Executive also passed a motion of no confidence in the board, which it said it would be forwarding to Dublin.

Sligo Chairman JP Cowley told Agriland that the regional meetings had been voicing discontent about the recent revelations in IFA.

He said that grassroots members are demanding that membership money is spent as it should be. “The grassroots are in command at the moment.”

The two county motions come on the back of Donegal county calling for the Executive Board to resign too, following a meeting last Saturday night.

The calls come as the farming community continues to be rocked by pay revelations in the country’s largest farming organisation. Recent weeks have seen Pat Smith and Eddie Downey both resigning from the IFA, as General Secretary and President respectively.

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